Every Friday, The Citizen features a pet available for adoption from the Finger Lakes SPCA of Central New York.
This week, we spotlight Frank.
Q: Who is your best friend?
A: So, right out of the box, I know you will think I am a very strange guy. However, I would like to make that cat Sabrina my BFF. She is the senior animal here in the shelter, sometimes referred to as "the boss"! She has seniority and lots of privileges, gets to roam around the place and is otherwise a very special shelter resident. It doesn't hurt to have friends at the top, right?
Q: What has been your worst experience?
A: This was really the worst. One night before my shelter people closed up shop, all of us canines got great toys and chews to help us through the night. Mine immediately rolled out of my kennel and far out of reach. I had to look at it all night — so close yet so far. That was a bad night.
Q: If you could describe yourself, what would you say?
A: I am a ladies' man! I really, really like women. Men are good, too, but I love to snuggle with my lady friends here. I always have a lot to say and I do try hard to keep my room neat and clean. I also love to run and play in the yard, and I especially love to play with that gorgeous girl Cher. If you aren't impressed with me, please check her out! Cher is the best dog ever and she really needs to go home.
Q: If you could visit any place in the world, where would that be?
A: Since part of my heritage is pug, I think I might like to make a quick visit to China! During the British invasion of China in 1860, pugs were found in the Chinese imperial palace and they were brought back to England. Yes, I believe China would be good for my first overseas travel experience.
Q: If you could meet someone famous, who would that be?
A: Since I am focusing on the pug side of me, I think I would have liked to have met Queen Victoria! She had a special soft spot for pugs and she played an active role in their breeding. In fact, she had several pugs that were named Minka, Venus, Fatima, Olga and Pedro, among others. It was Queen Victoria’s active involvement in the breeding of pugs that helped established the kennel club in 1873. Yes, it would have been interesting to have met her and to get her opinion on "designer dogs!" LOL!
Q: Do you have an interesting fact to share?
A: I am what is called a "designer" dog. That's a really exaggerated term for a mixed breed — but people love us! Let me give you some interesting and fun facts about pugs. We are an ancient breed. We have been treated like royalty (with good reason, I might add!). The pug part of me probably got its name from a monkey! The "perfect" pug tail has two curls, and did you know that there is a pug with an MBA! Finally, did you know that a group of pugs is called a "grumble"? These are all facts!
Q: Do you have any advice for our good Citizen readers?
A: I do! My good shelter people, along with our great friends at the Auburn United Methodist Church, will be holding a Blessing of the Animals ceremony at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15. It will be held at beautiful Hoopes Park. All well-behaved creatures are invited. Canines must be leashed and cats and other furries must be in proper carriers. We want to celebrate the bond between our pets and their people and the unconditional love we give you. I wish I had a human to give love to. Hopefully soon. We hope to see you there on Sunday. Love, Frank and friends.